Hotels are "intrinsically pointless...just a shelter for people," says Philppe Starck but in his newest interior project, Paris hotel Le Royal Monceau, he has attempted to create a "home" rich with history, art, Parisian elegance.
Le Royal Monceau is just a short walk from the Arc de Triomphe and Parc Monceau. Opening August 1, 1928, this sophisticated hotel became a rendezvous place for artists, intellectuals, and celebrities from Ernest Hemingway, General Eisenhower and Ho Chi Minh to Michael Jackson, Madonna and Robert de Niro. After a bit of a lull, in 2008, the hotel closed down for renovations and got a much-needed breath of life. Re-opening in October 2010, Starck's reimagined interiors attempt to bring Parisian 1920s into the modern age with an exuberant and luxurious design, inviting one not to pass through, but to stay a while.